Saturday, July 30, 2011

ToFLotR Gamers 3rd Installment

So here is my next installment for the Tale of Four Lord of the Rings Gamers Series. The deadline for this month is August 1st and since last month I was late, I figured I better get my rear end in gear.

So Monday I will post up the standings to date. We did get together and play a few games last Friday and we had some interesting battles, but I will cover that on Monday.


Monday, July 18, 2011

A Return To LotHS of Sorts.


As some know my son is home from college and is working at our church on the weekends. Well this gives him time all during the week to lounge around and usually means he is bored. This has been the same thing for the last few years while he has been home, but this year it is different.

You see this year he has wanted to play some miniature games (Yes!) and the first game he wanted to play was his fathers game, Legends of the High Seas! So first thing I told him was that he had to pick a Captain figure from all my Pirates and start creating a Crew. Well that was not good enough for him and he wanted to paint his own miniatures! (Yes Score Again!)

So I said go for it and he started looking at my unpainted miniatures. So along with my son wanting to play, another Friend of mine & my son wanted to play as well and he is not a minis gamer. So a few weeks ago my buddy was over and along with my Son I did a mini painting clinic. I showed them how to dry brush, use washes, block paint and how to "Dip paint" figures.

Well here is my son's first miniature that he painted in well over 10 years, it is a Black Scorpion Rogue figure. He did an awesome job and this is an awesome figure. By the way he is playing a Privateer Crew.

His second paint job is his First Mate which is another Black Scorpion figure. My only comment for him was his color selection. In my opinion he used to colors (Blue and Green) which are to similar and the figure just looks washed out and has no "Pop".

His Third Figure is a Foundry Swashbuckler which he is using as his Proctor for his Crew. Once again he did a great job.

Now the rest of the pictures are the figures primed than dry brushed with an off white color. Here are two Mercenaries with Flintlocks that are from Black Scorpion.

Here is another Cutthroat from Black Scorpion.

The next batch of figures are from Privateer Press and are the Press Gangers. Now my son wanted me to convert the figures to add swords to them (They have belaying pins on the stock models). So he had some help from his old dad for these.

So there you go, my sons LotHS Crew and a post about LotHS. As he finishes up the Crew I will post more shots.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Better Late than Never!

So my last update was back on June 24th and I only had a few days to get my next installment of 175 points four our little competition. Well as luck would have it, Life got in the way and I missed getting my troops painted by 7/1 by only one figure.

You see the one model happened to be the Cave Troll, for some reason I hate painting cave trolls. No other model in the LotR range gives me more issues other than the Cave Troll. I don't know what it is, it is not a hard paint scheme, I just have built up this weird mental painters block for the Cave troll.

Anyway, on to my 175 points, first up are the 10 Goblin archers. I needed some long range fire support and these little guys are it.

After that comes the Shaman, although as I admitted in the last post, this model was already painted. In fact this little guy was part of my Dwellers Below list that one best painted in the Mayhem in the Mountains in 2010. but since I have only one Shaman, I was not going to strip him and re-paint him for our little challenge.

Last but not least is the one model that held me up, yep it is the Cave Troll! I went with the Spear armed model just because I liked how it looked and I hope to stick some Elves ad Dwarves with it!

So here is the whole army all 32models (346 points) all together. So far the army is looking pretty good on the table and these little guys have been waiting forever to get painted!

Now just to clarify, since the Cave Troll gave me so much issues, I also decided to paint my last Cave Troll along with this one. Now here is a shot of all three of my Cave Trolls. The model on the right was painted about 5 years ago, the center one is this months and the one on the left was an added bonus so I would not have to paint him later on. Now all my Cave Trolls are painted!

So what next you ask? Well first up are 36 points of Goblins with Shields. This will add a few more goblins to the army and these are the last of the few I used converted shields on.

Next up is a Goblin Drum for 100 points! What you say? Why is he taking this you ask? Well part of the reason why I choose Goblins for this little challenge was to get the army painted. I bought the Goblin Drum some time ago and heck, I just thought it looked cool, so there you go!

So I am up to 136 points spent out of 178 (3 points left from last month) so I purchased a Goblin Captain with shield for 40 points.

So for this month that gives us this break down as follows

Rob has 30 points
Mike has 25 points
I have 16 points
Jerry has 15 points

So stay tuned for more action...